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Academic Regulations

Dean's Honour List

Students in any Winter Session with a sessional average of at least 80% while taking 30 or more credits will receive the notation "Dean's Honour List" on their record.

Degree with Distinction

A student will be granted a degree with distinction upon graduation if he or she achieves an overall average of at least 80% on all 200-level and higher courses while registered in the B.A.Sc. program.

Student Classification

The required courses and electives for the Winter Session are shown in the following sections. The normal completion time is four to five years. Students may take higher loads than those shown below with the approval of the Dean's Office.

To be considered full time, students must carry a credit load in the Winter Session equal to at least 80% of the standard credit load for the year and program in which they are registered. Note: the Faculty's definition of full-time status may differ from that of the Student Financial Assistance and Awards office in determining eligibility for financial assistance. Check with Student Services and Financial Support to ensure eligibility for scholarships and awards.

Students with approval for a Winter Session credit load less than that required for full-time status will be considered part time. Part-time students will not normally be eligible for scholarships or for "Degree with Distinction" status.

Students taking courses from more than one year level will normally be given academic year status based on the program year of the majority of credits being taken.


Examinations are held in December and in April. In any course that includes both lecture and laboratory work, students must complete the laboratory assignments with satisfactory standing before being admitted to the written examination of the course, and must pass in the material of both components before standing will be granted in the subject. The minimum passing mark in each course is 50%.

Applications for special consideration for examinations missed due to a medical condition, emotional or other problems, or religious observance must be submitted to the Engineering Student Services office before or immediately after the missed examination(s). For more information, see Academic Concession.


To pass the year, students must obtain an overall average of at least 55% in the Winter Session, and a pass in 65% of credits taken. Students who fail a year will be required to discontinue studies in the School for at least one year, but are eligible to apply for readmission after that year. Students who fail a second time will be required to withdraw. In a failed year, students will be granted credit for all courses passed.

Students who withdraw during Term 2 of Winter Session after obtaining less than 55% on the December examinations will not be readmitted for the following Winter Session, but are eligible to apply for readmission after that year.

Progression requirements are governed by the following:

First Year 0-27 credits
Second Year 28-63 credits
Third Year 64-99 credits
  Must have completed all courses from first year program and at least 27 credits of second year.
Fourth Year 100+ credits
  Must have completed all courses from first- and second-year program and at least 27 credits of third year.

Term essays and examination papers may be refused a passing mark if they are noticeably deficient in English.

Supplemental Examinations

There are no supplemental examinations for courses offered within the Faculty, with the exception of final year of study. Note: supplemental examinations may not be offered in all courses. At the discretion of the faculty, a supplemental exam may be granted to a student for a 300-level course, provided that the course is the last remaining course required for degree completion. Supplemental examinations are available only to students who have passed their year. Students must have failed a course but received a final grade of at least 40% in order to be eligible to write a supplemental examination in that course. Supplemental examinations are only offered during the deferred/supplemental examination period.

Supplemental examinations for courses terminating in December will normally be made available to students only during the supplemental examination period in July-August.


Current students may appeal year standing decisions to the Faculty of Applied Science Committee on Admissions, Standing, and Courses.

Applications for readmission from non-current students should be directed to Enrolment Services.

Field Trips

Students who are required to participate in field trips will be responsible for expenses incurred during such trips.


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